A longtime orthodontist based in the San Francisco Bay area, William Fay, DDS, operates his private practice in South San Francisco. William Fay, DDS, diagnoses and treats patients, many of whom require braces as part of their treatment.
Dental braces are used to align and straighten teeth. Once you have braces, it is important to keep your teeth and gums as clean as possible. The additional structures on the teeth provide more surfaces for bacteria to grow, which can damage surrounding areas. As such, you will need to spend more time brushing each individual tooth, making sure to brush each tooth from multiple angles.
In addition to brushing, flossing plays an important role in keeping your teeth clean. While many patients find regular waxed floss effective, some patients prefer to add floss threaders, which help them reach tight spaces between their teeth. Some orthodontists recommend water flossers, which use a high-pressure stream of water to clean between teeth.